Friday, April 30, 2010

"There is magic in it"

Take almost any path you please, and ten to one it carries you down in a dale,
and leaves you there by a pool in the stream. There is magic in it. Let the most
absent-minded of men be plunged in his deepest reveries--stand that man on his
legs, set his feet a-going, and he will infallibly lead you to water, if water there
be in all that region. Should you ever be athirst in the great American desert,
try this experiment, if your caravan happen to be supplied with a metaphysical
professor. Yes, as every one knows, meditation and water are wedded forever.
- Herman Melville, Moby Dick
 A garden doesn't need this much water (with this view, the garden is secondary), but "there is magic in it."  Birdbaths, fountains, fish ponds. . .  I've settled for a pretty birdbath
What water features do you have in your garden?


Amy said...

Pretty photos! I have a birdbath, too. I haven't seen too many birds using it though. I might need to move it, so it will be used.

Curbstone Valley Farm said...

I miss water in the garden...well, not the gushing waterfalls with heavy rains, but the quite serene small pond at our last house. We don't really have a water feature, except for the creeks, but those aren't visible from the house. I do have a cunning plan to incorporate a water feature into our new backyard though, but it will be a little while before that happens. In the meantime, I'll just enjoy this view.

Sheila said...

Birdbaths, a fountain, a waterfall and a couple ponds. I'm lucky to have so much water and all the life it brings with it!

donna said...

Only a bird bath in our yard which is sad because we used to live on a lake and that was glorious.

We also have a sprinkler system. It doesn't get turned on often, but when it does I close my eyes and pretend it's water lapping up against the rocks on the shoreline.

A nice, peaceful post.


noel said...


i love water in the garden also, i'm planning a waterfeature with a nice pond and waterfall and the thinking process so far has been consuming...i'm actually also scared of the doing part since that requires moving alot of rocks.yuck!

Deborah said...

Beautiful photos.

We are fortunate to have a creek running through our property, which is tidal. When the tide is out, it's a freshwater flowing stream. When the tide is in, it's deep, still, brackish and murky. It's also full of living things--from crabs to fish to turtles. It attracts all kinds of wildlife.

Aside from that I set out birdbaths and butterfly baths for those who would rather not venture into the creek.

Anonymous said...

Hello, just discovering your lovely blog :)
I only have a tiny birdbath which the birds ignore in disgust! I hope to rectify this one day with something more substantial.
Thank you for sharing your beautiful sere photos!

Anonymous said...

Oops sorry - that was meant to be serene, not sere!

Elephant's Eye said...

That last picture with a reflection of pink-edged clouds is magical. 'reach out and touch the hand of God'